This was one of the first podcasts I started listening to and continues to be one of the best and the only one I support financially. During my years as a pre-med, this show served as a regular reminder of why I loved and was committed to medicine and the value of my training as a medical historian within the broader field. The hosts Justin and Sydney take full advantage of their different backgrounds as an entertainer and physician respectively amalgamating their unique perspective with their natural affinity as a married couple. Despite veering more into present issues in recent years as compared to the more purely historical bent of the show’s genesis they continue to maintain a largely apolitical stance in the show itself and are extremely sensitive to listener feedback and engagement. Perhaps the strongest asset of this podcast, however, is that despite its success and rising profile and the fact they have had two children in the course of the shows run it is clear that the hosts still bring the same attentiveness and joy to each episode.
- The Short Coat Podcast
Hosted by students from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine this podcast has consistently been a solid source of advice and entertainment over the past few years. The particular strength of this show is just how responsive the team is to listener contributions. While the show’s rising profile has slowed the rate of response I have received individualized responses several times. In addition, they have taken the time to offer me feedback outside the framework of the show. The main host of the show Dave Etler serves as a consistent element as the other host’s transition through their individual journey’s through medical school and ultimately leave. When I was a premed the show served as a source of motivation through the engaging description of medical school life while now as a medical student it provides me a sense of comradery with colleagues both in Iowa and around the country.
- The Nocturnists
As someone with a background in medical humanities this podcast certainly resonates with me. Each story shared during the first two seasons has been both eloquently presented and incredibly poignant in their content. In an era where it can often feel like the human element of medicine is being lost in the face of advancing technology and increasing demands the value of a podcast like this cannot be underestimated. The inclusion of caregivers beyond just doctors serves to further underscore the shows value and the reality of professionalism in modern medicine.
- House of Pod
I have not been listening to this podcast for very long but it has beat out some older ones to make it onto this list. The combination of physician and non-physician hosts is similar to that of Sawbones though her the intent is explicitly to bridge the world of physicians and that of the lay public with respect to everyday medical practice and issues. The show is consistently engaging and has involved a broad range of guests across a variety of fields without ever feeling too random or gimmicky. Despite its breathe the show never loses sight of the fact that is primarily medically focused on something which knocked a few other podcasts I otherwise enjoy out of contention for this post.
- The Undifferentiated Medical Student
The only reason this show fell to the number 5 spot was due to an understandable drop in updates as the host entered residency interviews and then started an internship. With its recent return it is very possible it will rise higher should I return to this list in a few months or a year’s time. This is perhaps the most labor-intensive of the podcasts listed here as the host strives to interview physicians representing ever specialty currently practicing within the US medical system a fact made all the more impressive that he sought a second degree during his time in medical school. The podcast does an excellent job of its core purpose providing deep insight into each of the specialties explored, the journeys of the physicians being interviewed, and offering advice for those at various points in medical school.